I was born and raised in Hawai‘i but have also lived in Cleveland, Ohio, for a year and in Las Vegas, Nevada, for three years (2000-2003). I now live in Central O‘ahu in Hawai‘i.
I was a volunteer organizer in the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Hawaii for many years, including one year as General Chairman.
I started my own production company, Sozopo Entertainment, LLC. Sozopo is a combination of a Japanese word and a Hawaiian word. I am more into narrative filmmaking. I am a writer-director-producer who also edits on Final Cut Pro when necessary.
I am a member of the Hawaii Filmmakers Collective and was part of its inaugural Producers Lab in 2020.
I have written 12 feature scripts and 12 short scripts so far. Unfortunately, I wrote my feature scripts on Movie Magic Screenwriter 2000 (32 bit), and I couldn't access them after I upgraded my iOS to Catalina and then to Big Sur, which are 64-bit. Since then, I switched to Final Draft. I am waiting for Screenwriter 6.7 to be released, so I can transfer my files to Final Draft.
I directed and produced three shorts in 2017, dropped out for a while and then did one more short on Zoom in 2020. Once I get fully vaccinated, I plan to resume live production. Since I am the full-time caregiver for my father, I have to be very careful.
I am in the process of writing a micro-budget feature script.
In late May, I plan to pitch my short script, "The Heart That Binds," to the Hawaii Filmmakers Collective. I hope to shoot it this summer and submit it to film festivals. See below for the logline.
Unique traits: Even-tempered, calm
The Heart That Binds Drama On the one-year anniversary of her 21-year-old son's accidental death, a despondent mother contemplates suicide but is interrupted by the transplant recipient of her son's donated heart. He shows her that her donation of her son's organs made them family and helped to provide some meaning to her tragic loss.
Mister Future Ex-President
Film (short) by Carlton Saito Writer, Producer, Director Parody of U.S. president taking place in a televised interview
Mister Future Ex-President 2
Film (short) by Ugly Director Productions/Carlton Saito Writer, Producer, Director, Editor Follow-up parody of U.S. president in a televised interview with the U.S. president fawning over a young woman who reminds him of his daughter and advised by a ghoul.
Mister Future Ex-President 3
Film (short) by Ugly Director Productions Writer, Producer, Director, Editor A psychiatrist, who is a woman of color, examines the U.S. president set up by his cabinet under the 25th Amendment. She is interrupted by a character in a white pillow case, who claims the president for the white race, and by Vladie, who claims the president for Mother Russia. They do a tug-of-war over the president, causing him to have a mental breakdown, after which they abandon him.